Source description last updated: 1 October 2018
In brief: The Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU), established 2002 in Kabul, is an independent research organization conducting policy-relevant research in order to inform and influence policy and practice.
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“AREU’s mission is to inform and influence policy and practice by conducting high-quality, policy-relevant, evidence-based research and actively disseminating the results and promote a culture of research and learning. […] AREU achieves its mission by engaging with policy makers, civil society, researchers and academics to promote their use of AREU’s research-based publications and its library, strengthening their research capacity and creating opportunities for analysis, reflection and debate.” (AREU website: About Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU), undated)
“AREU’s research projects aim to address knowledge gaps and to inform and influence policy. AREU engages in both short-term and long-term research, findings and analysis are presented in a variety of forms, including through various types of publications and events.” (AREU website: Research, undated)
“AREU is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of representatives of donor organisations, embassies, the United Nations and other multilateral agencies, Afghan civil society and independent experts.” (AREU website: About Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU), undated)
“AREU’s core donor is the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). Specific projects in 2018 are being funded by the European Commission (EC), United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), Overseas Development Institute (ODI-UK), Promundo (US), Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC), Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and Economic and Social Research Council United Kingdom (ESRC-UK) and South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).” (AREU website: About Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU), undated)
Scope of reporting:
Geographic focus: Afghanistan
Thematic focus: Natural Resource Management (NRM), Governance and Political Economy, Gender, Constitutional Law, Social Protection and Livelihoods
“The methodology for each research project usually draws on social science approaches. The organization has established a reputation for its use of qualitative methods based on in-depth interviews and focus group discussions and dialogues. In some instances, AREU also conducted multi-site, small sample quantitative research. AREU consults both international and national stakeholders at different stages of its studies. Research projects also include both internal and external peer review mechanisms that assist in ensuring the quality of research proposals and publications. AREU designs its research program to reflect changing circumstances and priorities.” (AREU website: Research, undated)
Language(s) of publications:
English, Dari and Pashto
Further reading / links:
SIDA – Swedish International Development Agency: Evaluation of Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU), Final Report [2014:2:I – Sida Decentralised Evaluation], December 2013
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